If you believe we’ve overcome centuries of slavery and decades of racial segregation in this country simply by electing President Obama, you are sadly misguided. There are still sickening displays of abysmal tolerance, bigotry and blatant racism to be found.
This latest insane advertisement is proudly on display in the predominantly Mormon state of Idaho. The city of Caldwell displays this atrocity to further their racist agenda. Feel free to recall when a similar billboard was erected with a comparison to George W. Bush. I certainly cannot. There were a multitude of awful mass shootings towards the end of Bush’s reign of terror and yet none of these sociopaths were compared to Bush or his gun-toting cohort, Dick Cheney. The number of deaths from the Iraq war alone were far greater than reported by the media, but no one in the mainstream media EVER dared to accuse the Bush Administration of having murderous intentions.
Apparently, if the president has thus far been responsible for far fewer deaths but has the audacity to also be black, that’s a totally different story. When a Republican is president, any and every action done on the world stage is considered “defense” and “keeping us safe”. When President Obama tries to withdraw our troops and generally draw down superfluous military conflicts, he is a murderer. It’s a double standard of Herculean proportions. Drone strikes on sworn enemies in pursuit of nuclear arms are murder but attacking an entire country that had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 is considered “The War on Terror?”
Let me remind you of this latest barrage of insults made by the entitled Anglo-Saxon candidate representing the right wing Teabaggers and Birthers which reaffirms the GOP’s desire to play the race card whenever possible. It is apparently the red meat their bloodthirsty far right craves for sustenance. In England, Willard and his entourage claimed a closer connection to the U.K. because, let’s face it folks, they represent the white guy. Besides, Barack Obama just sounds too foreign to be “American.”
Perhaps you also believe we’ve achieved equal civil rights since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jim Crow laws have been deemed illegal and we’d like to think segregation would be positively offensive. Nostalgics don’t despair, Mississippi is still keeping hate alive. A predominantly white Baptist Church in this bastion of tolerance has threatened to fire the pastor of the church if he wed a black couple. This actually happened in 2012. I’m stunned.
I recently saw a bumper sticker here in Nevada that said “100% Real American.” Coincidentally, the vehicle also had a Ron Paul decal on the same bumper. I find the racially-based motivations of the Republican party in this country disgusting, dangerous and destructive to all the progress we’ve made in the last century. If only the media would expose this blatant double standard that exists when dealing with our first Black President and many of the “minorities” in this country, we might be able to match other Western Democracies for the civil and human rights we are still lacking.